Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Help! I've been tagged!

And just this once, I'm going to give aid and comfort to the meme. That's mostly because I feel guilty at having inadvertently copied Fellowette's idea for a blog entry. Never mind, I say. You can't say Happy Birthday to Ferlinghetti too often, right?

So anyway, Fellowette tagged me to fill out a questionnaire, and I have duly answered most of the questions, in the spirit of openness and because this one was actually fun!

1) What author do you own the most books by? Steinbeck
2) What book do you own the most copies of? To Kill a Mockingbird
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? Nope.
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Edward Rochester
4a) What fictional character would you most like to be? Mrs. Madrigal. ( Really? Who knew?)
4b) What fictional character do you think most resembles you? Bridget Jones and her mother.
5) What book have you read the most times in your life? Jane Eyre
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old? Heh, Jane Eyre.
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year? I don't read books that I don't like. Life is too short.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year? Juniper Tree Burning.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be? Rohinton Mistry's 'A Fine Balance'.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature? Khaled Hosseini.
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? Tales of the City (I know. It's already been a tv series. I want a blockbuster.) OTOH, 'The Life of Pi' might be interesting, too.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? Remembrance of Things Past?
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. Sorry. Drawing a blank, here.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult? No idea. Oh, wait. Thorn Birds, maybe. It was so lowbrow, the pages fell out, one by one, as I read the book.
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
My university statistics textbook.
16)What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Haven't seen any obscure Shakespeare plays. Only a couple of hits.
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? For what?
18) Roth or Updike? Maupin.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Who? Oh (checking Wiki), this seems like an appropriate time to put in a plug for Stuart McLean, whose show The Vinyl Cafe, broadcast Saturdays on CBC radio, is one of the highlights of my week. Stuart's Dave and Morley stories leave me crying happy, crying sad. Great stuff.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Shakespeare.
21) Austen or Eliot? Austen – no, wait – Eliot – no, wait – Austen.
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? I cannot begin to answer this question. My reading is a huge gap, punctuated by the odd book.
23) What is your favorite novel?
A Fine Balance
24) Play? No Exit
25) Poem? Adrienne Rich - Vertigo
26) Essay? Any of those in Barbara Kingsolver's 'Small Wonder'
27) Short story? Heh. All that comes to mind is 'The Rocking Horse Winner'. LOL! Surely I've read a short story since then!
28) Work of non-fiction? At the moment, 'The Audacity of Hope', maybe because I'm reading it at the moment.
29) Who is your favorite writer? What day is this?
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? Decline to answer.
31) What is your desert island book? Jane Eyre
32) And ... what are you reading right now? See #28. Also Alex Sokoloff's 'The Price' – and starting a biography of Amelia Earhart.

Shall I go all the way, and tag somebody else? Naaaaah - but anybody who reads this is more than welcome to join in.


Kathryn Magendie said...

I read them all! :)

Alex Sokoloff is a dear - beautiful and personable and fun! She said I was "quirky" or maybe it was another word like that *laughing* ...

Sandra Leigh said...

Oh, but Kat, you are quirky! Have you seen "Must Love Dogs"? It has a great discussion of 'quirky'.

Thank you for reading them all - that's very sweet, considering all you have on your plate. Are you excited yet? ;>)

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